Just wish they had rehearsed this one more. Or maybe it was meant to look more realistic with all the bad acting.
Mort Abrahams ... TV Producer
Merle Albertson ... Daughter
William Coburn ... Father
Roger De Koven ... Announcer
Robert F. Lewine ... Agency Executive
Frank Maxwell ... Al (mean drunk guy in Window)
Rod Steiger ... Henry (drunk's guest)
Virginia Vincent ... Jean (mean drunk's wife)
Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner
(cast listing from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0717086/fullcredits)
Schaffner later directed "Planet of the Apes" (1968), 1970's "Patton", & 1973's "Papillon"
Compare this episode to the excellent radio dramatization of John Cheever's "The Enormous Radio" in Archive's Old Time Radio section (CBS Radio Workshop). http://www.archive.org/details/CBSRadioWorkshop
This is also similar to a couple of movies made in the 1980's, one about a homegrown terrorist attack on Charleston, SC starring Ed Flanders, the other based on War of the Worlds. Both feature realistic news broadcasts interrupted by these fantastic events